Biology

As a biology major at Thomas More, students will develop the analytical skills needed to succeed in diverse and rapidly changing fields of science. A broad, scientific training will be based on a foundation of core courses, which lead to options in selecting upper-level biology courses of one’s own specialization. Students will learn to be strong critical thinkers, be involved in diverse and hands-on laboratory settings, and have opportunities to use their degree in vast ways.

As one of the three largest undergraduate programs at Thomas More, students will simultaneously experience the atmosphere and accessibility of a small campus, while benefiting from a vibrant peer and faculty community of biologists that are able to provide unique opportunities to students.

Why study Biology at TMU?

Diverse and Specialized Curriculum taught by Expert Faculty. Core foundational courses are complemented by specialized upper-level offerings (e.g., Animal Behavior, Aquatic Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics). Study abroad opportunities taught by professors exist in New Zealand and Scotland.

Active Student Organizations. With a large population of students in the Department, Thomas More’s majors are very active in clubs including, Biological Honors Society, Biology Club, Blue & Green Club, Pre-Health Professionals Society, Marine Biology Club, and more.

Early Assurance Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Students completing their sophomore year will be eligible for early conditional acceptance into the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus upon graduation from Thomas More.

Successful Alumni. From health care (e.g., physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists), to research (e.g., biomedical, microbiology) and education, to the environmental and public service fields (e.g., Peace Corps, aquatic biologists), Thomas More biology alumni are making important contributions in diverse careers around the world.

What will I be doing?

Core curriculum enhanced by Specialized Courses. Students’ curriculum as a biology major will be formed by a two-year core of biology courses (e.g., General Biology I and II, Genetics, Evolution), chemistry and math, which are then complemented by two years in specialized, selected upper-level offerings (e.g., Animal Behavior, Aquatic Biology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics), and chemistry and physics options.

Thomas More likes to promote that there are “no wrong choices” with the courses students select as a biology major their first two years, because TMU asks all students to form their foundational knowledge before taking their upper-level courses.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Students have the option to choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, in which the student and their faculty advisor will discuss and understand the best decision for them. Both offer advantages (B.S. provides the most science coursework, while the B.A. allows more curriculum flexibility) and will allow the student diverse career opportunities.

Options for a Personalized Curriculum Based on Individual Interests and Career Goals. Within both of Thomas More’s biology degrees (B.A. and B.S.), numerous tracks and concentrations exist. Concentrations (Cellular & Molecular Biology, Organismic Biology, and Ecological Biology) allow students to take additional coursework in an area of biology. Tracks are geared toward a career preparation based on professional program requirements and include pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, pre-genetic counseling, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-forensic biology, and pre-marine biology.

Who will I be learning from?

Thomas More’s faculty are trained in diverse areas of expertise, and this is shared with students through research and teaching excellence. Students will gain their biological training – both in breadth and depth – from faculty who are experts in all areas of our curriculum, including biochemistry, immunology, and molecular and population genetics (Cellular and Molecular Biology), in addition to faculty who are highly trained in anatomy and physiology, botany, ichthyology, and microbiology (Organismal Biology), while Thomas More also has faculty experts in marine biology, terrestrial plant ecology, animal behavior, and freshwater biology (Ecological Biology).

Where do alumni work or pursue advanced degrees?

Thomas More’s recent graduates have entered professional programs (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy) at many institutions, including the University of Louisville, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University (St. Louis), Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, Emory University, and Auburn University.

Additionally, many alumni have entered graduate programs, pursuing a wide variety of research interests, at Miami University, University of Florida, Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Graduates of Thomas More’s program can also be found in successful careers in very diverse organizations, including: St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Proctor and Gamble, ORSANCO, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

What careers will be open to me?

With a biology degree, a multitude of careers become open to students. A small sampling includes the following: anesthesiologist, aquatic biologist, biochemist, biology professor, biomedical researcher, botanist, conservation director and educator, data scientist, dentist, ecologist, entomologist, environmental lawyer, environmental scientist, epidemiologist, food and drug scientist, forensic biologist, forester, genetic counselor, horticulturist, immunologist, marine biologist, microbiologist, molecular biologist, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, pharmaceutical sales, health specialist, physical therapist, physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, researcher (in many fields), science teacher, scientific writer, veterinarian, wildlife biologist, zoologist, and more.

Experiential learning opportunities

EXCELLENT LAB FACILITIES AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Thomas More students are trained by full-time faculty (not graduate students) in a rigorous curriculum with 94 percent of all upper-level biology courses having hands-on laboratory projects (higher than the national average). While some universities are removing lab courses in their curriculum, Thomas More is proud to continue to train students in both lecture and lab settings. This gives students multiple opportunities to learn, ask questions, and do the real work of a scientist.

THOMAS MORE BIOLOGY FIELD STATION

This nationally-recognized, state-of-the-art, and LEED-certified facility provides ample opportunities for outreach and hands-on ecological and environmental student research on the Ohio River.

EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF RELATED RESOURCES AND AGENCIES

Thomas More students are routinely selected for experiential opportunities through a variety of collaborators in Greater Cincinnati and abroad. Some of these organizations include the Newport Aquarium, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Cincinnati Museum Center, Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory, SD1, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, US EPA, KY Fish & Wildlife, Boone County Parks, and many more.